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Summer of Strength | Part 1: The Strength to Name


Part 1: The Strength to Name

At the age of 17, he'd never taken a trip to the zoo. Thus, our time had been long anticipated, welcomed by the North Carolina humidity and heat; we made our trek to join the crowds to see the animals. Elephants, baboons, polar bears, lions, and giraffes were the highlight of our viewing pleasure. He was captivated and ecstatic to see the wild creatures. In the sweltering heat, we laughed, ate Dippin' Dots twice, traveling from one exhibit to another.   It was delightful to watch him be little, unashamed by the enjoyment of experiencing the zoo through his childlike self. That day he felt small and young; happy and carefree, a firm contrast to the reality of his childhood and mine too.

By the end of the day, I was exhausted and so very grateful for the beautiful day at the zoo. As we were sitting down waiting for the shuttle bus to take us to my car, he turned, looked at me and revealed an incredible statement, "Anna, I do not see you as my social worker." Without further explanation, I curiously replied, "Oh, well who do you see me as?"  He answered, "I see you as my older sister." Being an only child, from precarious family, it felt mutually fitting to accept this invitation. So, I gently responded, "I have no siblings. I will gladly be your big sister." Underneath the blistering June sun, there we sat, two orphaned hearts, from widely different backgrounds, joined together by the hope of a family.  

Years ago, I would not imagine this story and others similar would be my experience. As I stepped into anti-trafficking work, I naively expected to be uninfringed by the people I ministered to, my hypothesis could not be more incorrect. Instead, I've watched God purpose my own story of sexual abuse and trafficking to intersect with those we've ministered to at Restore One. I've witnessed God redeem profound places of woundedness, allowing my story to slowly start to shift from fragmented pieces into accounts of graceful strength.

“I’ve watched God purpose my own story of sexual abuse and trafficking to intersect with those we’ve ministered to at Restore One." - Anna Smith

As I've journeyed alongside numerous other boys and men, I've admired their courage and bravery for saying yes to their restoration through the work of naming their own story. It takes great strength to sit with others as they name the truth of their own story of heartache; it takes greater strength to face your own. In recent years I too have been able to give words to my personal stories of harm.  I've learned it's bold to call out the marks of abuse and allow for grieve and rage over the damage. Naming these truths of our past, paths the way for restoration to transpire, a process that frees the heart to dream again and enables us to recognize the beauty of our core. In the month of June we are daring the community of Restore One to take a look at naming their own stories, and join us in believing for healing to transpire!


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Mike Eggleston serves as the President of Restore One. To learn more about Mike CLICK HERE.

Mike, how has it been for you to own and face your own story?

Freeing - shame keeps you locked up! Before, I was always afraid if others knew my story, they would think less of me; now, I know that when I share appropriately, I give myself a chance to heal, and hopefully, provide hope to others who have been in my shoes.

Can you provide a word of encouragement for those who are naming their stories of harm for the first time?

Every healing journey has to begin with telling another person - a live, human other person. There is no other way!

Mike, what is your hope for the first four residents who will likely be just starting their journey of healing?

That these boys will learn that they didn't do anything wrong and that it wasn't their fault.

At Restore One we believe recovery is not a linear process, but a circuitous adventure, one that we hope to invite many boys into, starting with the first four at The Anchor House. This summer, God willing, we are opening the doors, and we ask that you join us in commemorating the resilience of these first residents who are saying, "yes," to naming their own story by supporting the Summer of Strength Campaign through giving, sharing and praying. Join us every Monday on Facebook Live 8:00 pm EST with Emily Fitchpatrick to hear updates and receive encouragement.  

In Grace & Sincerity,

Anna Marie Smith

Anna Smith serves as the Co-founder of Restore One, to learn more about visit


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Introducing Mike Eggleston - New President of Restore One

Your friendship, support and prayers have kept Chris and I afloat as we've sought to see boys and men restored out of the grips of sex trafficking. As you know, the journey of Restore One has not been for the faint of heart and we've continued to see God's faithfulness! No matter how long the Winter, Spring is always on the horizon. Spring is a time for renewal and new beginnings. That has certainly been the theme lately at Restore One and The Anchor House! We feel excited and ready for a new season. We are hiring the remaining staff needed and preparing for final inspections to open The Anchor House. Thank you Jesus! 

Truly, we are grateful for you and we ask that you continue to pray as we prepare to welcome boys into The Anchor House. On Monday, a group of pastors and church friends came to the home to pray over each room. The Spirit was so sweet. As we enter this new season, Chris and I are delighted to announce that our current Board Member, Mike Eggleston, will assume the role of President starting June 1st. Our Board and staff are so excited about Mike's new role. He brings a great deal of experience and leadership to our organization (as noted in his bio below). We put together a short video for you to help you put a face with a name. 

Join us in welcoming him! His email is

Chris and I will continue serving on the Board of Directors and Co-Founders, and will focus our energy on speaking, advocating, training and vision-casting for Restore One. 

Thank you again for your continued support for this very precious mission. Please do not hesitate to call or email with questions about this very important transition - we have been working on it for months to make sure it goes well. 

In Grace and Sincerity,

Anna Marie Smith 

Read Mikes Bio Here

Q&A with the Restore One Board | Update on The Anchor House

Hello Friends,

Our Executive Board here at Restore One recently sent out a donor survey. Our intent was to evaluate our methods of communication and address any questions or concerns. 

The responses were very helpful and encouraging! If you did not have the chance to take the survey, you can do so here:

We'd like to take the opportunity to answer a few of the most frequently asked questions. If you have any additional questions we have not covered, please email our Director of Development, Emily Fitchpatrick at

If you would like to be added to our email list you can do so below: 

1)    When will The Anchor House open?

We are VERY close. The process of getting The Anchor House to this point has been laborious. Opposition from our local community, the flood and red tape from social services have all contributed to a much slower process than we expected. Our licensing consultant has reviewed our policies and procedures; however, before we can receive final approval the staff must be hired. This is in the works. Our Executive Director, Linda, has recently hired our Education Coordinator and one of the Residential Care Specialist. To be honest, the pool of qualified applicants has been slim. Linda and the Executive Board are heavily recruiting and interviewing. Please be in prayer specifically for this process. Once completed, we can move forward with final inspections, receive our licensure and being accepting residents!  

2)    Have there been any tangible results so far?

Many people do not realize this, but we do serve boys outside of The Anchor House. In the last year, we have served 6 boys and men through referrals and mentoring. 

3)    Are there any national partnerships that you are affiliated with?

Restore One is not directly affiliated with any national organization, however, we do receive referrals from other organizations and agencies nationally. We have attended and presented at various anti-trafficking conferences over the years ( ex. JuST Conference hosted by 

5)    Where can supplies be dropped off in Greenville, NC for The Anchor House? 

Mary Mayo, Restore One's Executive Assistant, can assist you with dropping off supplies for The Anchor House. You can reach Mary by email,

6)    How can I become a volunteer?

Social services expect volunteers to go through the same training and screening process as staff. Volunteers are required to receive 24 hours of continuing education per year (we provide), TB test, physical exam, background check and provide a high school or college diploma. If you feel led to become a volunteer and this process does not scare you away, we’d love to have you! We will post volunteer needs and the application on our website once the home is open.


Dehumanization and Human Trafficking

Racism: dehumanization of human beings based on the color of their skin.

Sexism: Dehumanization of a person based on their biology and/or their expected or chosen gender roles.

“Homophobia”: dehumanization of a person based on their sexual orientation.

“Isms” are founded in the idea that somehow a specific group of human beings are somehow less than human. It leads to the mistreatment of others and it fuels systems of human trafficking.

Small actions and phrases build up overtime and affect how we think. The frog will hop out of boiling water, but will slowly die as the temperature increases. (Actually this is an old wives’ tale, but it serves a purpose by making a point.) By allowing everyday seemingly small actions take place, we are slowly harming ourselves. For example, when we talk about certain groups we even lose the humanity as the subject--somehow an adjective becomes a noun. “Females” “Gays” “Blacks” “Asians” The “human,” “person,” “people,” “community” are all lost.

When someone speaks out against a sexist or racist joke or action they are not being overly sensitive. They are simply asking the “jokester” to tap into their humanity so we can preserve our collective humanity in the world.

Racism and sexism fuel human trafficking. Fighting racism and sexism in turn fight against human trafficking. For more information on the interconnectedness, continue reading below.

Intersection of Trafficking, Childhood Abuse, and Minority Groups

Trafficking of Children:

According to the US DOJ, the average age at which an individual enters the “sex industry” is 12-14 years. Actively supporting “sex workers,” gives buyers a way to rationalize paying to sexually abuse a child– “He looks 18.” Or “She says she’s 18.” Then in hindsight, “How was I supposed to know?” Others come to the trafficker’s defense, and blame the girl or boy for “being untruthful.” An abused, trafficked child is blamed for the actions of an adult.

“Statistics show that as many as 90% of prostituted youth have been sexually or physically abused and many have run away from home to escape such abuse only to encounter far worse on the streets.” –GEMS

Trafficking Among Indigenous Women in North America:

“Native American women and girls trafficked into prostitution previously experienced sexual and physical abuse as children and adults at alarming rates. Service providers characterize childhood sexual abuse as the key experience “setting the stage for Native girls’ entry into the sex trade.” Of the prostituted Native women interviewed for Garden of Truth, 79% had been sexually abused as children, by an average of four men. Likewise, a Canadian study of 150 trafficked Aboriginal youth found that 80% had been physically, sexually, emotionally, or verbally abused in their homes. This correlation is disconcerting given DOJ data showing that Native American women are over 2.5 times more likely to be raped or sexually assaulted than women in the United States generally. More than one in three [Native American women] will be raped in their lifetime, usually by a non-Native individual; the figure for the general U.S. population is less than one in five.” –Native American Women’s Resource Center Bring them to Justice:

Normalization by Victims:

“Advocates say that Mary’s ability to normalize her life as a child prostitute is common among Native girls who have been frequently exposed to sexual abuse and violence. Research in the Shattered Hearts report also found that Native girls and women who exchange sex for food and shelter don’t consider the acts to be prostitution. They are simply doing what they have to do to stay alive, engaging in survival sex.” --Native Girls Are Being Exploited and Destroyed at an Alarming Rate:

Trafficking and LGBTQ Youth:

“LGBTQ youth face higher rates of discrimination, violence, and economic instability than their non-LGBTQ peers. When faced with fewer resources, employment opportunities, or social supports, LGBTQ youth who are away from home must find ways to meet their basic needs and may therefore enter the street economy, engaging in commercial sex to meet these needs. It is difficult for many individuals who have been trafficked to reach out for assistance, but this is especially true for individuals who fear that they will be mistreated or not believed because of their gender identity or sexual orientation. Studies have found that LGBTQ youth are overrepresented in detention for prostitution-related offenses and report higher levels of police misconduct than their straight peers.” Read more here: Polaris Project

Racism and Human Trafficking:

“This Article explores the role of race in the prostitution and sex trafficking of people of color, particularly minority youth, and the evolving legal and social responses in the United States. Child sex trafficking has become a vital topic of discussion among scholars and advocates, and public outcry has led to safe harbor legislation aimed at shifting the legal paradigm away punishing prostituted minors and toward greater protections for this vulnerable population. Yet, policymakers have ignored the connection between race and other root factors that push people of color into America’s commercial sex trade.” Racial Roots of Human Trafficking:

“Racism is woven throughout the horrifying tapestry that is human trafficking. To ignore that fact is to miss the mark completely. To advocate for the freedom of trafficked girls is to boldly acknowledge the connections between race, gender, and child sex trafficking.”


This blog was written by Restore One intern, Kari Carr. 



Board Member Spotlight: Meet Mike Eggleston

In March 2015 Mike Eggleston had just finished watching the PBS documentary, “A Path
Appears”, which spotlighted the restorative efforts across the country aimed at getting girls and
women who are being trafficked off the streets and help them learn new skills and ways of

The thought that stuck out the most to Eggleston though was, “what about the boys?” So he
started looking and found that Restore One was one of the only initiatives dedicated to
rescuing boys who had been sexually exploited.


Fast forward 2.5 years and after staying in contact with co-founder Chris Smith, Eggleston is
now a board member for Restore One. “I waited until the time was right to plan a trip to Greenville to see it [The Anchor House],” Eggleston said. “That day finally came in early August 2017, when I flew out from Kansas City to attend the Open House of Anchor House.”
He said he was blown away by the house, the other board members, Chris and Anna Smith and
Executive Director, Linda Royster.

“I felt an immediate connection with the work and when I was asked if I would be interested in
serving on the Board, I couldn’t believe it. A dream was coming true.” Although Eggleston has only been on the board for about two months he has already jumped right in. He has begun reviewing policies and procedures, advising on business and legal issues and reviewing documents.


Eggleston supports Restore One because he feels that boys are overlooked – hiding in plain
sight. “While no one wants to admit that the problem of sex trafficking exists in the United States,
even fewer want to admit it happens to our boys,” Eggleston said. “I believe that these boys are
some of the ‘least amount us’ that God invites us to help and love.”
In his free time Eggleston enjoys spending time with his wife, two daughters and two Scottish
Terriers. His wife and him love to explore and find new places to experience. He is also very
busy in his local church, Christ Church Anglican in Overland Park.

THANK YOU, from everyone we are so thankful for board members like Pastor Brian and Patrick Porter. Thank you both for serving and beleiving in the mission of Restore One.

We invite you to partner with us in this life changing work. 

Board Member Spotlight: Meet Pastor Brian Maciaszek & Patrick Porter

Meet Pastor Brian Maciaszek, Board Treasure & Secretary

“One day two 24 year old kids came to me and said they were going to open an a boys home for sex trafficked boys. I said, ‘that [is] great,’ and I honestly thought their ambition was greater than their ability. As time went on I learned it was their faith that was greater than their ability and I admired them for that immensely.” Brian Maciaszek currently serves on the Board of Restore One as both Treasurer and Secretary. He oversees the financials, keeps records of meetings, and ensures that Robert’s Rules of Order are followed.


Mr. Maciaszek sees Restore One as an avenue for increasing the value of human life, particularly for the underserved population of sex trafficked boys. In his spare time, Mr. Maciaszek enjoys spending time with his family which includes five children with one on the way!

Meet Patrick Porter, Board Member at Large

“After attending the first banquet for Restore One I was heartbroken to hear of the stories of kids that are/were sex trafficked.  I, like many I am sure, were not aware of the numbers of kids that are trapped in this evil world.  I was also amazed that there was no organized homes for boys to be able to receive restorative care and to be able to be loved and shown the love of a heavenly father that cherishes them and wants what is best for them.  It has been an honor to serve and play a very small part in helping Restore One reach the mission of opening the first home for boys and to start serving these boys with the love and care they deserve.”


As a Member at Large, Patrick Porter attends meetings to help make decisions regarding the Anchor House and ministry. Additionally, Mr. Porter volunteers time to assist with needs at the Anchor House and elsewhere as they arise.

Mr. Porter and his wife support Restore One because they believe the ministry is well equipped to assist boys who have been victims of sex trafficking in helping to restore dignity, value, and self-worth. When he is not volunteering in his spare time, Mr. Porter enjoys spending time with his wife and their two sons on the water tubing, fishing, or skiing. The family loves to travel around the country and the world.

THANK YOU, from everyone we are so thankful for board members like Pastor Brian and Patrick Porter. Thank you both for serving and beleiving in the mission of Restore One.

We invite you to partner with us in this life changing work. 

Donor Spotlight: Meet Corey Tugwell

Corey Tugwell and Co-founder of Restore One, Chris Smith met in high school and have remained friends since then. Tugwell was rewarded with the honor of seeing Chris and Anna’s dreams of Restore One become a reality. “From hearing their thoughts and ideas to seeing it all fall into place,” Tugwell said. “Their actions inspire me to dream more, to learn more and to do more for others.” 

He supports Restore One because as high as 50% of commercially sexually exploited children in the U.S. are boys and a lot of people aren’t aware of this statistic. “Since Restore One is the only facility in the U.S. that helps boys that have been victims of sex trafficking we can change that statistic, by volunteering, by donating and helping to spread the word of Restore One,” Tugwell said.  Tugwell knew that he wanted to help out and give back and much as he could. But when Hurricane Matthew hit Eastern North Carolina in 2016 and flooded the Anchor House he was devastated. But that devastation also turned into one of the best things to happen since he became involved with Restore One. “After the Anchor House was flooded, the community came together tremendously; churches came in to help, people donated money and companies donated appliances and supplies,” Tugwell said. “It was a beautiful thing to see.” 

One thing he wishes people knew about Restore One is that a donation of just $25 a month could provide a “night out dinner” for two boys and it could provide birthday and/or Christmas presents for one boy.  “Many of us know that special feeling of getting presents and attention on your birthday and seeing those presents under the tree on Christmas morning, I know those were some of the most magical moments of my childhood. For $25 you could make those moments magical for these boys,” Tugwell said.

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He said if you are thinking about donating or volunteering that it’s worth it. “if you don’t have the money, the donate your time. From personal experience, I can tell you it is so rewarding, it’s the best feeling in the world knowing that you are helping make a difference in these boys lives,” Tugwell said. “It’s up to you to make a difference, take some time out of your busy life and do it.” 

When Tugwell isn’t working or volunteering for Restore One he is spending time with his family and dog, Thriller. He also spends time cheering on his favorite sports teams, thrifting, watching Survivor and jamming out to Michael Jackson.  


Thank you so much for being a volunteer/donor at Restore One. We look forward to opening The Anchor House in 2017, and we could not do this work without you. Thanks!


Donor Spotlight: Meet Debbie Mayer

Debbie Mayer became involved with Restore One through one of the numerous anti-trafficking, rescue and restoration organizations that she follows on social media. “About six years ago, we attended a screening of Nefarious and that was it for us. I found I couldn’t stop talking and
trying to raise awareness about the horrors of human sex trafficking,” Mayer said. “I started to educate myself about it, went to a trafficking conference in our city and started following, via social media, non-profits in the fight.”



She found that as time went on and as she became more involved in raising awareness about human sex trafficking that there was one question that she asked everyone: what about the boys?
“Every article, book, documentary and organization treated them as an afterthought. It was always ‘and it happens to boys too’,” Mayer said. “So when I learned there were no restoration facilities in the whole nation for boys, I was shocked!” That’s when she soon learned about Chris and Anna and what they were doing with The Anchor House.

“When I learned about Chris and Anna and their efforts to open a home for these forgotten boys, my husband and I were in,” Mayer said. “Our monetary support is small, but our prayers are big.”
Debbie said that her and her husband live pretty far away so physical support isn’t possible, but if they were closer they’d be here for everything Restore One related. She said that people would be surprised to know that after years of working with children, that she is capable of still
acting like a four-year- old when necessary.

“I’ll do anything to make a child laugh, I’m fairly quiet and laid-back in public though,” Mayer said.
Debbie and her husband have two sons, a daughter and a grandson. So they love spending time with their family in their free time. She said they also love being in God’s beautiful creation.
“We both feel God’s presence most strongly in nature and love the Smoky Mountains,” Mayer said.
She said she enjoys reading and her husband enjoys driving his ’66 convertible Mustang, but together they are both guilty of binge watching Netflix.

Thank you so much for being a volunteer/donor at Restore One. We look forward to opening The Anchor House in 2017, and we could not do this work without you. Thanks!

Donor Spotlight: Meet the Harris Family

 Scott & Donnica Harris

Scott & Donnica Harris

Scott and Donnica Harris first heard about Restore One when Chris and Anna shared their burden for boys in human trafficking at the Church on 68 in Greensboro, NC. “We were astounded by the statistics and how prevalent sex trafficking is in the southeast and even our home state,” Scott said. Scott and Donnica assumed it to be a “big city” or even a foreign problem, but in fact human trafficking was destroying people right here. They’re interest in Restore One spiked when they realized that there was a lack of resources available to help in the restoration of these lives, specifically male victims.

“Thank God, Chris and Anna presented us with an opportunity to partner with them that day,” Scott said. “Instead of leaving feeling heavy with responsibility of the statistics we had just learned, Chris and Anna imparted their passion and vision for Restore One into our church family and into our hearts that day. We could help! We could change lives!” Scott said that putting your hand on the plow feels great. “Whether it’s money, time, talents, we all have ways we can contribute and give back to our community; especially when you hear the heart of Chris and Anna and be able to give towards that,” Scott said.

“Whether it’s money, time, talents, we all have ways we can contribute and give back to our community”

Donnica said that it is truly exciting and satisfying to support Restore One financially. “When faced with an issue as enormous as sex trafficking, it would be easy to assume that Scott and I alone couldn’t make a difference. But partnering with Restore One has given me a sense of freedom in that I don’t have to learn how to run a non-profit or get a counseling degree to impact lives for the better,” Donnica said.

Scott and Donnica support Restore One prayerfully and financially because they are growing in relationship with Chris and Anna and enjoy hearing their passion for Restore One. But also because of their personal beliefs that their finances are assigned to build the Kingdom of God. They would tell anyone who is thinking about getting involved with Restore One to do it. “Get to know Restore One. Get to know Chris and Anna. Get to know the organization and the vision. We want them to be the first to break out so others can see and hear about what they are doing and join in. We want their vision to be contagious and The Anchor House to be a prototype for others throughout the nation until we see sex trafficking abolished” Scott said.

In Scott’s free time he is a full time artist in Greensboro, NC, and the owner of Harris Design Studios. He is looking forward to donating art to The Anchor House and using his talent to raise funds for Restore One. Donnica works as an oncology nurse and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in holistic nutrition. Together they enjoy hiking, traveling and being disappointed by the Minnesota Vikings.

Thank you so much for being a volunteer/donor at Restore One. We look forward to opening The Anchor House in 2017, and we could not do this work without you. Thanks!

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Shifting the Perspective: Boys & Men Sexually Trafficked in the United States

The plight of boys and men being sold for sex was made aware to Chris and I during our first year of founding Restore One. Once you know something, you can no longer not know. While I had understanding from my past experiences and years in the field, I did not fully grasp the weight of the issue until I came face to face with some of the bravest men and boys I know, my survivor brothers. While entrenched in this work I admit there are aspects to the nature of male sexual harm that I do not fully comprehend and probably never will. What we do know to be true is in the United States boys and men are being sold for sex every day and there little options for recovery care. Nearly five years into Restore One and we are still the only safe home in United Sates designated solely for boys who’ve been sexually trafficked. This reality is horrifying. In one of the most developed countries in world, we’ve been negligent, failing our men and boys. Males whom experience sexual harm are significantly overlooked and underserved. I’ve come to several conclusions concerning why this is the case in the United States.

Research is now showing that rather than being viewed as victims or survivors like sex trafficked girls, boys are often perceived as homosexual, deviant, promiscuous, exploiters, pimps, hustlers, buyers, and willing participants in “sex work” (Friedman, 2013; Jones, 2010; Rivers & Saewyc, 2012). Our culture communicates a false portrayal of the ideal masculinity, resulting in stigmas and shame. Stigmas paint an untruthful picture that boys and men who do endure sexual harm must be willing participants, bypassing their need to identify as a victim seeking services. In the field of abolition, males are seen mostly as the perpetrator, not a victim. Stigmas surrounding sexual harm are fueled by western culture’s ideals for males. Communicating to boys starting at a very young age that they are too tough, invincible, unable to be harmed or show emotion. Many care providers are influenced by their own biases which drastically impacts the ability for male survivors to form a therapeutic alliance and feel secure in obtaining services. Historically we’ve found that boys in treatment for sexual abuse receive less clinical attention than girls with sexual abuse histories (Douglas, Coghill, & Will, 1996) and adult males’ disclosure of sexual abuse to psychotherapists are often met with insensitivity and a lack of empathy (Alaggia & Millington, 2008; Tickner, 2014). I’ve told many front line workers that boys receiving care starts with you believing the survivors’ story and their need of services. Part of the cultural facade lures many to believe that male survivors of sex trafficking do not exists. Yet we know that as high as 50% of sex trafficked children in the U.S. are boys (Curtis et al., 2008). The antidote to under reporting is changing our mindset to recognize the equal vulnerability of both males and females.

More than anything the modern day field of abolition has been infatuated by the concept that only women and girls are victims of sexual trafficking. With that statement I want to acknowledge my personal gratitude for the awareness and education surrounding female sex trafficking. Many of my friends and allies in the field work for or are founders of organizations doing great work restoring the lives of many female survivors. And I want to challenge the field of abolition on the topic of discrimination of male survivors. If we keep our marketing, language, research and program implantation solely female centered we are not only failing male survivors but we are also feeding into the culture norms that create barriers we are bound in. Sexual trafficking knows no discrimination, neither should the field of abolition.

While I acknowledge these as our realities, I do believe change is happening and will continue to happen. Over the past few years it’s been encouraging to witness male survivors start to education at national conferences. Now many frontline speakers and educators include boys and men into their presentations. My hope is The Anchor House is just the beginning to safe homes opening up all across America. I believe that in the years to come more men will be empowered to offer their voice to educate us and change the mindset of our culture. Change is among us and freedom is more contagious than the constraints of society. Our innate ability to dream past our unsteady reality into a future full of hope will only propel us to trust that change is possible.


This blog was written by Co-founder & President of Restore One Anna Smith. To learn more about Anna click the button below. 

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Staff Spotlight: Meet Linda Royster

            Linda Royster completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC while also working with adolescent boys and girls at a local mental health hospital. And she is now the Director of Restorative Care for Restore One.

            Linda became involved through a mutual friend who know that her vision and training paired well with Restore One’s mission to provide care for those affected by trauma, particularly, men and boys.

Reclaiming the desires of the soul that were stolen, disfigured, or driven underground psychologically may be the most difficult work for some of our residents, but no less important. - Linda Royster

            One of the first experiences and clearest memories that Linda remembers from Restore One is when she met Anna and two members of the Advisory Board at Panera Bread in Raleigh. “The four of us talked about trauma, its impact, what recovery looks like, and the reality of spiritual warfare. We shared our vision of what The Anchor House could offer boys who have been sex trafficked. We laughed. We became more acquainted with each other,” Royster said.

            Linda also said that while all of that was taking place, they got to listen and watch as the Holy Spirit melded their dreams and joined their desires to partner with Jesus in bringing robust care to underserved victims of sex trafficking.

         She continues to support Restore One because she believes as a young organization, that every type and level of support is critically important. “There are various ways to support The Anchor House. Whether it is financial gifts, material donations, donated services, and/or effectual fervent prayers, we need support. The work of The Anchor House is unique and necessary. I support Restore One because our work touches the heart of God,” Royster said.

 We need committed people to pray effectual and fervent prayers for us and our residents. - Linda Royster

We need committed people to pray effectual and fervent prayers for us and our residents. - Linda Royster

         Her favorite part of being a staff member for Restore One is being able to participate in the co-creation of a restorative care program that has the potential to transform boys by giving them a future and sturdy hope.

         When Linda isn’t working she enjoys painting, reading and sharing time with those who are most important to her.

Donor Spotlight: Meet the Orr Family

Jamie and Jennifer Orr heard about Restore One from a friend at their church and soon after they attended the first Stand for One gala, which is when they decided to start sponsoring Restore One. They are the parents of two little boys, and the mission of Restore One spoke to them specifically because they were addressing the needs of male victims in sex trafficking. “When I think about one of my boys being victimized in that way, I’m horrified and my protective instincts go into overdrive, so it made sense to take that passion and strong sense of justice and support the mission of Restore One,” said Jamie Orr.



They have been supporting Restore One before they even had a house or land and that was a step of faith. They believe that partnering with an agency like Restore One is one way to live out the Gospel daily.

“They’re opening the only safe house in the country for male victims of sex trafficking. What an amazing thing to be a part of!”


“We caught onto their vision, and we believe in the need and God’s calling on Chris and Anna to do this work. We really enjoyed each milestone along the way —including our tour of the Anchor House — and we can’t wait to see the vision come to fruition this year.” When they support Restore One they like that they’re giving their money to a local agency that’s truly making a difference by addressing a very under-served group. “They’re opening the only safe house in the country for male victims of sex trafficking. What an amazing thing to be a part of!” This also allows them to know that, in honor of their own sons, they are supporting a group that works with boys.

While neither Jamie or Jennifer have experienced serious trauma in their own lives, such as sexual abuse or sex trafficking — they know and understand the corruptive nature of sexual sin. But they are big on the fact that they don’t think someone has to have a personal experience with the issue of human trafficking to be impacted by it and to be motivated to help. When they aren’t working and volunteering they enjoy hiking, being outdoors, playing Monopoly with their kids and reading.


Thank you so much for being a volunteer/donor at Restore One. We look forward to opening The Anchor House in 2017, and we could not do this work without you. Thanks!

Back to Life

This blog "Back to Life" is part two of a two part series. If you would like to read part one click the button below.

Back to Life

We know that Jesus heals, utterly and we know that He has power over death, literally and symbolically. Each one of our deaths, burials, and resurrections is a reflection of the incomparable Resurrection of our Savior, Jesus. His resurrection happened and nothing could prevent it and He invites us to live a resurrected life that is predicated on His. Our resurrection is coming and no dire circumstance can prevent it. Because this is true, I am hopeful for The Anchor House, its residents, and myself.

    When we talk of resurrections, we cannot do so well without entering the space of story, embodiment, and hopeful imagination. Imagine that you knew only a portion of the resurrection story of Jesus. “Early on Sunday morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb. 2 Suddenly there was a great earthquake! For an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled aside the stone, and sat on it. 3 His face shone like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow. 4 The guards shook with fear when they saw him, and they fell into a dead faint. 5 Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying.” Matthew 28:1-6

Surely, it is an extraordinary fact to know about Him and it is not the fuller story. I imagine that a curious mind would want to know who is this man who conquered death. To know Jesus, we must know His story. We must listen with curiosity and allow His life to speak to us in all of its multi dimensional realities.

    Core to the restorative treatment approach of The Anchor House, is our focus on narrative exploration. We are continually being invited to grow in how well we hold stories, including our own. Our residents, in due time and a pace that permits them honoring entry to their stories, will be invited to give voice to their narrative. They need a witness to their lives: the goodness they’ve enjoyed and the harm they have suffered. There are multiple ways to enliven this treatment approach. For us, having The Anchor House residents share their narratives in a kind holding environment is as important as any other component of our treatment approach.

    I invite you to rethink what you may have come to know about sharing stories. In no way am I advocating a rote telling or retelling of facts. There is little, if any, goodness in that. However, my invitation to our residents is to ask them to risk a full-bodied telling of their stories. We want them to be mindful and present and we know this likely will feel counter-intuitive. Every story can’t be told nor is that necessary. There are some that must be told, engaged, and held well. Jesus’s story, in the fullness of Scripture, is our model of how we aspire to care for stories, including our own.

    It is right and good to bring our bodies to the stories we tell and to those who bear witness. This is the invitation for staff and residents alike; and you. I realize the language I am using may sound strange, especially in contexts where there has been emphasis to separate mind and body. Divided and dissociated states are not how we were created to live. The work of trauma is to divide us from ourselves; to take our bodies away from us. I am grateful that we have the capacity to create some division/dissociation in the midst of trauma, but we are not created to live continually separated mind from body. Nowhere in Scripture have I seen it more painful and clear of how it can feel to bring our embodied selves than when Jesus prayed in the garden of Gethsemane in Luke 22:44. Embodied, Jesus agonized in prayer to Father so much so that His sweat fell like great drops of blood. The Anchor House residents will need to know that their bodies are not bad; nor their feelings. Our work is to partner with them in becoming whole people again. Becoming whole requires some imagination for the future; some sense of what can be that is not yet. Often, that can be an agonizing process.

    Resurrection makes playful imagination hopeful. Please refuse to limit yourself to believing that playful imagination is only fantasy or for very young children. It is that and so much more. Playful imagination helps us live with hope instead of being resigned to status quo. If we don’t enter the lives of our residents with hope, then we will become impotent in our capacity to “heal the brokenhearted” and broken bodied as Isaiah 61:1 says. Hope is the fuel that keeps us engaged and believing that there is more; that the present and future can be different from the past. The Resurrection of Jesus grounds our hope; reminding us that He is not bound by painful pasts or the war with our bodies or our ambivalence about freely imagining becoming who we were meant to be.

    Our stories are sacred and we are living epistles. My hope for you is that you will find a community who reads you well and stands awe-filled by your stories. Our heart is to do this for our residents; courageous boys who may not yet know that they are risking everything on the allure of Resurrection. Resurrection is coming!

- Linda Royster, Director of The Anchor House




Restoration and Faith

            Restoration and Faith seem to go hand-in-hand. Often, this is true. Often, this is not true. Concepts of restoration and faith are too vast to be explored in this post with any significant depth. However, there are a few points that may spark curiosity as we move through this Lenten season in preparation for Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday. The invitation is to consider and engage what I bring to you today with a sense of playfulness and curiosity. 

         To help facilitate engagement, you’ll need to know clearly how I conceptualize restoration and faith. By implication, restoration lends itself toward bringing something or someone back to a condition prior to the occurrence of damage or loss, sometimes surpassing the initial condition. Faith, fundamentally, is belief; belief in or belief for. As human-beings, we need restoration and faith. We’re all guided by those needs and deeply suffer when they are not met. Whether it is the most basic daily requirement of getting restful sleep to counter sleep deprivation or eating a satisfying meal to quell hunger, each act is one of restoration and faith.

            As I consider the sacred texts of Scripture, the symbiotic relationship of restoration and faith are undeniable. In this season, the story of the woman with the twelve year hemorrhage in Mark 5:25-34 speaks most vividly of the relationship of restoration and faith. Perhaps the chronically ill woman had heard of Jesus long before that moment of healing or maybe only minutes before, but one thing is certain, her faith led to her restoration both physically and spiritually. Desperate and dejected, she participated in her healing and took action by touching the hem of Jesus’s garment. He, being nearly crushed by the crowd on his way to resurrect a little girl who had died shortly after He had been told of her illness, was keenly sensitive to this woman’s faith in the midst of her crushing heartache. Twelve years of suffering physically, socially, emotionally, psychologically, and financially can strip most of us of any pretense. She is presented to us as a suffering woman whose faith is child-like in that her expectation for healing was boundless. It is possible that she was a child when her traumatic suffering began. The possibility of a full and thriving life, pregnant with possibilities had been closed off to her. She had become acquainted with loss. 

            Obviously, it is not coincidental that the girl Jesus is on His way to resurrect in Mark 5:35-43 is twelve years old and the hemorrhaging woman has suffered for twelve years. One story seems to serve as unclouded reflections of the other, building in levels of severity. It is never helpful to speculate whose suffering or circumstance was worse; a woman who had suffered a twelve year physical death of her womb (and all its social, emotional, psychological, and financial implications) or a girl who suffered illness and death as a twelve year old youth. Both of their lives had been truncated by trauma. Both had known death and resurrection, albeit differently. The hemorrhaging woman (re)gained daughtership through her faith which led to Jesus healing her and meant that she (re)gained space, place, and beloved identity while the twelve year girl had daughtership uninterrupted and received resurrection because of her space, place, and beloved identity.

            I suspect that everyone who has lived long enough has gone through cycles of death and resurrection. It is highly improbable that the cycle is one of literal death and resurrection but we, in varying degrees, are acquainted with death and life. It is true for me. I have suffered death of dreams and some were slow agonizing deaths that no amount of life-support would suffice while others were immediate deaths that left me with a symptomology similar to criteria needed for a PTSD diagnosis. I had to memorialize the deaths, bury them, and grieve them. Some of my dreams are long dead and remain dead. However, a few of my buried dreams Jesus has called forth and life returned.

            Remember, I said earlier that restoration and faith seem to go hand-in-hand at times and, at times, they do not. It is not necessary to introduce another story when the story of Jairus’s daughter supports my next point. However, the Scriptures give us an even more poignant text. As we transition from the scene of a suffering woman being restored and a little girl being resurrected, now the scene is Jesus teaching in a synagogue on the Sabbath and while He is teaching sees a woman with a spirit of infirmity bent over 18 years, unable to stand-up straight (Luke 13:10-13). Jesus saw her, called her over to Himself, loosed her from her infirmity, laid hands on her and she was healed immediately. Had this woman sought healing before this moment with Jesus? We do not know. What the text clearly lets us know is that Jesus initiated the healing, which did not require this woman to act on faith to be restored. Jesus saw her and had compassion on her.

            As I see it, each story has a reverberating message that reaches us today which is Jesus’s utter willingness to rule over death and loss on our behalf whether or not we are actively seeking restoration and whether or not restoration happens the way we imagined. I wonder if that leads us to places of quiet rest; confident that Jesus sees us and is moved with compassion.

- Linda Royster, Director of The Anchor House



Donor Spotlight: Meet Travis & Maggie Bartlett

Travis Bartlett attended East Carolina University and lived in Greenville, NC for over five years which is where he met Chris and Anna originally. He became invested in their mission at Restore One and began working with them as their graphic designer. Bartlett had a great first impression of the work being done at Restore One by Chris and Anna, “I was blown away by their dedication, commitment and passion for the mission.”

 Travis & Maggie Bartlett

Travis & Maggie Bartlett


Travis Bartlett and his wife Maggie Bartlett had one question when it came to donating to Restore One, “if not now, when?” To that they answered, “the time will never be right or perfect to give, volunteer or get involved. If an issue, organization or person is tugging on your heart, listen, be obedient and say yes. This is a worthy cause and even though we can’t do everything, we can do something.” They value their continued relationship with Chris and Anna and believe deeply in the work that is being done at Restore One. “We love remaining connected to the mission and informed about how to fight domestic minor sex trafficking. It’s exciting to watch Restore One grow and make moves in the community,” stated Travis and Maggie.

Being connected to Restore One’s mission as a donor is a unique and incredibly important way to fight against domestic minor sex trafficking. - Travis & Maggie Bartlett

After answering the important question of “if not now, when?” they began supporting Restore One regularly because of Maggie’s experience when she lived in Kenya, “she worked with women and girls who were recovering victims of sex trafficking, rape and prostitution. She became deeply passionate about victims of sexual violence finding healing and redemption and rediscovering their worth. Being connected to Restore One’s mission as a donor is a unique and incredibly important way to fight against domestic minor sex trafficking. We believe in Chris and Anna and their team, and stand behind their steadfast work at Restore One. We cannot do everything, but we can do something. Monthly contributions are one small way to be a part of something incredibly important and powerful,” said Travis. If there was one thing they wish people knew about Restore One, it would be that they knew that it truly does make a difference in the community.

Travis and Maggie are from Denver, Colorado and in their free time they travel and love exploring the Colorado mountains on backpacking, hiking and fishing trips. “We love hosting and visiting with family and friends who are involved with Young Life in Colorado. We also eat out way too often and are always down to watch another re-run of Friends,” said Travis.         

Thank you so much for being a volunteer/donor at Restore One. We look forward to opening The Anchor House in 2017, and we could not do this work without you. Thanks!

Restoring The Anchor House

Over the past two weeks since The Anchor House flooded one thing has come to light and become very clear. People from all across America care about this mission, and want to see The Anchor House open. After these recent events, it would be easy to lose sight and hope, but with the continued love and support we have been shown, we remain focused and committed to what Jesus has called us to do.

As the team at Restore One sets its sights on the future, it is clear we have work to do. We hope to have the AH restored in the next two months, and if this happens it will not set us back from the timeline of opening the AH. Below is what has been donated and what we still need to restore the AH.

- Replacement of sheetrock (Donated)

- New insulation (Donated)

- Replacement of cabinets (Donated)

- Painting (Need)

- Flooring (Need)

- Replacement of doors (Need)

- Replacement of baseboards (Need)

- Landscaping (Need)

- Re-rock driveway (Need)

I would like to ask that you and your family prayfully consider joining us in these efforts. It is clear that there is a community of people that want to see this mission fulfilled, I invite you to join this community. A community that cares about boys that have been sex trafficked.

To donate to these efforts visit TheGoFundMe page

Below are a couple of events that are benefiting the restoration of The Anchor House.

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The Anchor House Flooded... Now What?

“The greenest grass is found wherever the most rain falls.” - Streams in The Desert

The havoc caused by Hurricane Matthew is not a an isolated event but a catastrophic disaster for many communities. Last week, Chris and I watched news clips of the suffering in Haiti, Cuba, the Bahamas and the entire east coast of the United States. The amount of destruction and number of lives lost by the effects of Matthew is profoundly heartbreaking. Our personal community of Eastern North Carolina is experiencing Hurricane Floyd level flooding. We are all in a state of emergency and we are all hurting. 

As many in Eastern North Carolina, Chris and I sorrowfully witnessed the flooding of a place that is very special to us, The Anchor House. Sunday afternoon waters seeped into The Anchor House flooding cottage one and the first floor of the main building. There was nothing we could have done to stop the flood waters. Our driveway became a lake and our buildings were consumed by water. In our inability to change or stop the destruction, we were and are still in shock to report The Anchor House is currently flooded.

It’s so hard to see God in the midst of such devastation, yet in faith we believe that He is there and somehow in His goodness will make sense of this wreckage. For those of you directly effected by Hurricane Matthew, Chris and I’s hearts go out to you, we join you in this season of suffering and believe that together we will walk this out. 

As soon as flood waters recede, Restore One volunteers will work together to restore all the damage done to The Anchor House. Over the next months, Chris and I ask that you remain resilient with us and continue to support the fulfillment of the mission and vision of Restore One. It is without a doubt that this is just another hurtle we must cross prior to opening the doors of The Anchor House to serve boys. 

While the Anchor was insured, unfortunately it was not insured for flooding. We caught the omission of flood insurance too late and the flood policy will not go into effect till October 30th. This was a mistake on our part, which we regret deeply and has added to the devastation we are already feeling. We also recognize that while we made a mistake His grace is and will continue to be sufficient to overcome these obstacles in of His mission and will to Rescue and Restore boys lives!

Over the next couple of weeks Restore One will be sharing ways you can get involved by physically volunteering and personally giving towards the revitalization of The Anchor House. In order for Restore One to fully recover from this natural disaster we need an estimated $80,000 to restore the damage done. 

Friends you are our family, Chris and I love the unique people that you are. Even in this devastation, I know that together we will recover and see that God in kindness will restore us in holy unfathomable ways. 

In humility,

Chris and Anna 


We have launched a GoFundMe Campaign to help raise the money to Restore The Anchor House. Click the button below to donate to these efforts.

How Restore One got Started

          The beginnings of Restore One were signaled by a holy cue and followed with blind faith. It was a wild idea that two young twenty somethings, newly married and totally naive to the underpinnings of the nonprofit world, could effectively pull off addressing such a complex topic that is so seldom spoken of within our western world. Chris and I had no clue what we were signing ourselves up for when we jumped into addressing the issues of sex trafficking as it pertains to men and boys. During the first few years and even now I feel like we are learning how to pilot as the plane is taking off. 

It was a wild idea that two young twenty somethings, newly married and totally naive to the underpinnings of the nonprofit world, could effectively pull off addressing such a complex topic that is so seldom spoken of within our western world.


    Restore One began during what I’d like to say was “casual” dinner conversation between Chris and I. We were both less than a year out from undergrad and from the marriage alter. The only things to our name were a cocker spaniel named Titus and a vehicle. We’d spent the past year raising support to work with another anti-trafficking organization as a dual package, me being the eager social worker and Chris as a former youth pastor. We’d been working for the company for about 6 months when Chris pitched an idea that sent me spinning. Maybe we had chicken that evening, I don't remember. All I recollected were his words, “Anna, I believe that God is calling us to start our own nonprofit organization.” I was dumbfounded by his statement and thought, “Man, he must have had a terrible day.” Ultimately I wasn’t listening to Chris but in his patient urging, he continued this conversation over another dinner and then the next day and the next and so on. You get the picture. 

    I did not want to start a nonprofit organization. Every bone in my body was terribly afraid of making such a fierce leap. Yet, as we began to pray, it was undeniable that God was calling us to start an organization dedicated to opening safe homes for survivors of sexual trafficking. At that point, we’d not even begun to dive into the particular needs for boys and men. It wasn’t until 6 months later that we made the shift and chose to pursue opening The Anchor House.        

    So with clenched teeth and watery eyes, Chris and I packed up our life in central North Carolina and moved back to our home town of Greenville. All that was concrete was the name Restore One and the beginnings of the vision. Looking back I realize we were on a ghost trail following God. It’s laughable because we had no clue where we were going to end up by just saying “yes” to the option placed before us. 

    Many people ask us, how did you start Restore One or what made you want to get involved. I believe that we made those choices consciously and subconsciously. It’s a no brainer for most, knowing that children should never be sold for sex and if they are, we must do our very best to restore all that was damaged; that is a conscious choice. Subconsciously, our own narratives are always taking flight. I’m convinced that we are drawn into this work through our own attempts to heal from past woundings. 

    Holding these concepts, I believe that we didn't choose Restore One but Restore One chose us. Beginnings, no matter the start, always cast us into the past long before launching us into the future. Our wellspring of healing began the year we waveringly plunged into addressing that boys and men are wrongfully sexually trafficking on United States soil. As Chris and I dove into our colliding pasts, we were able to piece together the underpinnings of what restoration looks like not only for us but for the boys that will enter into The Anchor House. It is uncanny how unearthing Restore One unearthed us. 

I believe that we didn’t choose Restore One but Restore One chose us.

I’m forever changed by precious people I’ve met these past four years. However, I’m not a better women by choosing to say “yes,” but I’m made more complete only by God’s artistry of my heart in the process. For I now see that we’ve not danced until we’ve wept; nor have we wept until we’ve danced. It is a privilege to sit with those who mourn, to sing with those who sing, and to bear the burden of human suffering on behalf of others. For even as Jesus washed the disciples’ feet, you and I are called to serve in this fashion. However, it’s God’s grace that continues to let the sparks of love grow in our hearts, so that we may enlarge with a grander empathy that heals human suffering outside ourselves. 

Freedom for All,

Anna Smith, Co-founder & Executive Director of Restore One

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Call to Prayer

As we have been thinking about the future of Restore One, we have discussed the importance of prayer and how spiritual warfare affects us on a daily basis. Not only have I seen the effects of prayer in my personal life in so many different ways, but I have seen the difference it has made in Restore One.

I think as Christians there are times where we assume prayer is going to happen without really having to put much effort forward. Those times can almost be like a habit if you grew up in a Christian home or Christian school or grew up in church. You just kinda know you're supposed to pray. Like before a meal, before a big trip or conference, before a meeting, when you wake up or go to sleep, things like that. Prayer just happens at those points for a lot of Christians including myself. 

I've been working on making prayer more constant in my day instead at just those habitual moments. I think sometimes I forget I serve a God who is all-powerful but also so reachable. Even though He is so good, and so much better than me, He wants to hear about my struggles through the day. When I put more effort to stay in communication with Him, I can hear and see the Holy Spirit in my life so much more clearly. I also began to see myself rest in Him, and not rely on my strength to get through hard situations as much.

 Praying at The Anchor House

Praying at The Anchor House

Just like we see in our personal life the difference constant prayer makes, it's the same in a ministry. While Restore One is an organization, it's also a ministry. A ministry that sees spiritual warfare, but also just really terrible situations that can be very emotionally draining. We know the best way to not get burned out or to make it through the hard situations is to rely on His power by staying in communication with Him. That is why Restore One has decided to increase our prayer team meetings to once a week instead of once a month. We are super excited about this, and can't wait to see what God's gonna do through this time! If you are interested in joining, please see below, or please just keep us in your prayers when you can. The power of prayer is strong, and your prayers make a difference.

Much love,

Mary Soltow


Are you interested in joining the Restore One prayer team? If so, email Mary at